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AGCAS Executive Director update: strategic themes (March 2016)

In her first monthly update to AGCAS members, Elaine Boyes, AGCAS Executive Director, outlines AGCAS's strategic theme topics and invites feedback from members.

AGCAS strategy

In an article I wrote for Phoenix a few weeks ago, I outlined the areas that I would be focusing on in my first few months as AGCAS Executive Director. These included working to define and articulate the AGCAS strategy.

I have met with a number of colleagues from a variety of member services over the past few weeks. These colleagues have kindly shared with me their priorities and concerns, and have allowed me to bounce ideas off them. I appreciate the really helpful advice and input they have given me, and I hope that member services will continue to let me invite myself to visit.


A number of common priorities have become clear from these visits, particularly members' need for AGCAS to have a stronger voice on issues surrounding employability and the role of the careers professional. This is an area that we will be focusing on throughout the year.

From these meetings and from meeting other organisations within our space, I have developed an initial list of potential 'strategic theme' topics, including those below, which I would be really grateful for your feedback on:

• social mobility;
• employability in the TEF and the league table era;
• defining the HE careers profession;
• working with international students, alumni and employers.


Are these the priority 'themes' for AGCAS members? Please email me your feedback. I look forward to hearing from you.

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